Pitching Injuries Starting to Pile Up at Indianapolis, Sanchez to DL

While already dealing with injuries to Casey Sadler and the third DL stint this season for John Holdzkom, Indianapolis saw three more pitchers go down on the most recent road trip.

In what appears to be a lost season after such a promising campaign last year for John Holdzkom, Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor said that Holdzkom was shut down for two weeks on his latest DL trip with his nagging shoulder.

“[Holdzkom] is not going to throw for the next week either,” Treanor said. “The chances that he will be able to get back this year, we don’t know until he starts throwing again to see how it feels.”

While he did not have a huge update on Sadler, Treanor said that Sadler is down in Florida trying to work his way back. Sadler has not been with the team since the All-Star break.

On the most recent road trip, Angel Sanchez went down with an injury after just 3.1 innings on Saturday night. At the time, it appeared to be a forearm issue, rather than a ligament, which Treanor confirmed as well. On Wednesday morning, Sanchez was placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain.

“With Sanchez, it looks like it’s more muscular right now,” Treanor said. “We will see how he progresses for the next day or so as to when he would throw again.”

The news was not so good for Jeff Inman, who was placed on the DL on Tuesday with an elbow injury. As for the extent, Treanor said that they are still in the process of seeing how that progresses.

Finally, after being hit in the ankle with a line drive on a comebacker, A.J. Morris is still in a walking boot. Treanor said that he was feeling better today and they were going to see if they can get him in a regular shoe doing some work in the next couple of days.

They did get a little bit of good news on Tuesday evening, Wilfredo Boscan cleared waivers and he was sent outright to Indianapolis. He was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates got Deolis Guerra back from the Cleveland Indians.

Ryan has been following Indianapolis baseball for most of his life, and the Pirates since they became the affiliate in 2005. He began writing for Pirates Prospects in 2013, in a stint that ran through 2016 (with no service time manipulation played in). Ryan rejoined the team in 2022, covering Indianapolis once again. He has covered the Pirates in four different big league stadiums. Ryan was also fortunate enough to cover the 2015 Futures Game in Cincinnati.

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Bill W

I have the perfect solution for Indy- SEND JEFF LOCKE DOWN!


Lockes implosions are predictable, hurdle should have had somebody up as soon as the inning started and changed pitchers after the first walk. Getting five innings from the fifth starter with a lead is about the best you can expect against a team like the cards.


and bring WHO up? Liz?

Then who do you have to replace Morton? Happ?


I’m curious to see what changes searage will have made with happ by his next start. My thought is that they will at least get an effective starter out of happ who can eat innings.

Bruce Humbert

now THAT would be real deep diving into the old dumpster.

John Dreker

He would probably be someone they try to bring in next year, not this season. So they have time to work with him. They could get him for nothing this year, but he is still owed a lot of money this season for someone who would probably contribute zero or worse




I assume we never got a shot at signing Norris, and that San Diego had the option first? I hope so, because I think Norris would have been a good low risk option as a possible starter or bullpen arm…


Bruce Humbert

No better than Locke – maybe worse

John Dreker

They released him so anyone could have signed him, but who wants a pitcher with a 7.00+ ERA? They could just sign him next year if they think they can fix him. I’m pretty sure it’s too late in the season for any reclamation projects


The jinx is real…the Trib publishes an article about the Pirates “advantage” with injuries (or lackthereof) and then we have one of the worst seasons you can have (although for the prospects this has been dating back awhile).

John Dreker

Yeah that was just a look at the MLB roster, but I wrote a Morning Report a short time after about how bad the minor league season has been. Back then, there was a huge difference between the two and they weren’t considering the depth options that weren’t able to come up


Methinks the pirates have used up their injury allotment for the next couple of years. Sheesh, this is getting ridiculous.

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